Many face painters are themselves “painted up.” Very often as clowns.
There are also “rodeo clowns,” usually in full face paint, who will work in pairs or sometimes in threes. In bull riding, for instance, rodeo clowns will move towards the bull, waving and yelling to attract the bull’s attention to themselves as soon as a bull rider dismounts or is thrown from the bull. Rodeo clowns do this so the rider can escape from the bull and get to safety. A very important job.
There can be sad clowns, happy clowns, entertaining clowns, depressing clowns, funny clowns, any kind of clown you can think of. Perhaps one should just paint their mood.
There are special water-based cosmetic face paints made for face painting. Tempera and acrylic paints made for craft projects are not meant for use on skin and should not be used for face painting. Paints not made for face painting may cause a reaction ranging from mild discomfort to possible severe allergic reaction.
It is impossible to be too “loud” in your color choices when being a clown. Any old, or new, funky piece of clothing can be used when dressing as a clown. Let your imagination go!
A mime artist is someone who uses mime as a theatrical medium or as a performance art, involving miming, or the acting out a story through body motions, without use of speech.
Mimes generally have a lot in common with clowns. Mimes never talk – clowns rarely do. Both will quite often use white as the background color on their face. And they both try to be entertaining.
Hats can add a great dimension to your face painting. Think outside the box when it comes to adding to your design. And yes! There can certainly be girl clowns.
As this image demonstrates, sometimes you need just two colors (red and white in this case) to paint a face and be effective at it! The red bulb nose, the hat, and the shirt all add to the effect.
Feel free to borrow the clown hat idea for kids. They can make them themselves with just a little bit of adult supervision. The hat plus some face paint equals a good time. Quick and simple!
The most prevalent character clown in the American circus is the hobo, tramp or bum clown. Usually not a happy clown but….
The character clown adopts an eccentric character of some type, but very often that of a hobo. Although perhaps unknown to our younger audience, prime examples of this type of clown are Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Red Skelton, who would all fit the definition of a character clown.
Although clowns usually entertain, some people develop an unusual fear of clowns. Such a condition has been termed coulrophobia, which means a fear of clowns.
A happy-looking clown spotted at a parade. Notice the red bulb nose and the other accoutrements added to enhance the clown face paint. Just simple ideas that work.
Although some people find clowns to be scary, their intended purpose is to entertain spectators and other people, especially young children. Clowns are characterized by their appearance which usually consists of outlandish costumes, colored wigs, red ball nose, and lots and lots of face paint.
One face painting idea is the sad clown face painting as pictured here.
Clowns are performers characterized by their outlandish appearances which may include extremely large footwear, big red nose, weird color combination clothing, and face paint. Though they are suppose to entertain – especially children – many people find clowns scary. The fear of clowns is actually known as Coulrophobia, which is defined as the abnormal or exaggerated fear of clowns.